Over 3,000 MTPA Port Enhancement roadmap ready: shipping minister


November 2019
Over 3,000 MTPA Port Enhancement roadmap ready: shipping minister

India has carried out the master planning of 12 major ports as well as identified 95 capacity expansion and port modernisation projects, Mansukh Laxmanbhai Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply to an unstarred question on Thursday. The capacity at major ports was re-rated against global benchmarks as per the berthing policy of 2016 and effective capacity had increased by 293 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) after completion of the exercise.

Global benchmarks have been adopted to improve the efficiency and productivity at major ports and 116 initiatives have been identified to unlock 100 MTPA capacity.


Mandaviya further added that an action plan for coastal shipping was prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 2019. This action plan includes recommendations for infrastructure creation required to boost coastal shipping in the country.

The Ministry of Sipping has approved 67 projects at a cost of Rs 57.02 billion under the Sagarmala Programme for financial assistance of Rs 14.91 billion for improving port infrastructure and connectivity. The National Perspective Plan (NPP) for the programme was prepared in April 2016 after an analysis of the nation-wide end-to-end logistics flows of all key commodities at ports.

APPROVAL OF 7 LIGHTHOUSE PROJECTS

In another written reply to the house regarding construction and maintenance of lighthouses along the country’s coastline, Mandaviya stated that during the last five years, Govt of India installed three lighthouses, viz. Achara Point in the state of Maharashtra, Rava Port in Andhra Pradesh and Kolta Plam in Andaman & Nicobar. A fourth lighthouse was installed at Vembar in Tamil Nadu in 2017.

The minister informed the house that maintenance of lighthouses was carried out from the budgetary provisions under the revenue head of Director General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) as per the maintenance schedule with there being no state-wise allocation of funds.


Regarding the guidelines laid down by the government for lighthouses on the coastline, he further explained that the establishment of lighthouses was decided based on traffic and need of Aid-to-Navigation (AtoNs) in the proposed area on the recommendations of the Central Advisory Committee of Lighthouses (CACL) headed by Secretary Shipping. Presently, there were no plans to install any more lighthouses.>